A UV Air Purifier Can Mean a Healthier Winter Season

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Even though winters in Las Vegas are about as mild as they can get in the country, that doesn’t mean we get to escape a major part of winter: its flu and cold season! Our dry air can especially contribute to the fast spread of illness in households over the winter.

There are ways to combat flu season, and not all of them have to do with medicine. There are improvements to your HVAC system that will eliminate many of the germs and flu viruses that can move through your house and spread sickness. But not just any air purifier will handle the job. You either need extremely powerful filters—which will probably end up cutting off airflow—or you can have a UV air purifier installed. The latter is the best way to go.

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How Air Leaks in Ducts Hurt Your Air Quality

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We’ve recently written about how the fall is an excellent time to schedule duct sealing for your home. In that post we emphasized how you can save money this way, eliminating up to 30% of the air that goes to waste through air leaks in the ventilation system. Scheduling duct testing is the best way to find out if you need to have leaks sealed up to improve your home’s energy performance.

But there’s another important reason to have your air ducts made airtight, and that’s to protect your indoor air quality. Those air leaks can lead to unhealthy air getting into your living space.

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The Benefits of Duct Sealing This Fall

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Have you noticed any of the following recently when your AC (or heater) is running?

  • Strange rattling sounds coming from the vents.
  • Musty or moldy smells in the rooms.
  • Hot or cold spots in the house where you don’t expect them.
  • A rise in utility bills that doesn’t correspond to an increase in cooling or heating use.

All of these signs can point toward damage in the air ducts that’s allowing air to escape from them. This is a common trouble with residential ventilation systems that can easily escape people’s notice. Although there are other possibilities for these symptoms, you should contact HVAC specialists and have the ductwork tested to make sure. If you have leaky ducts, professional duct sealing will solve the problem.

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Do I Need an Air Purifier to Go with My Home’s Air Filter?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

When you think about cleaning the air in your house to remove irritating and harmful particles like dust and lint, your thoughts will probably first go to air filters. Mechanical filters, which use a mesh of fibers to attract and trap contaminants, are the standard method to provide improved indoor air quality for homes. Almost any household will benefit with the right air filters put in place.

But what about electronic air purifiers? Does your home also need one of these air cleaners paired up with the air filter?

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How a UV Air Purifier Can Help with Better Air Conditioning

Monday, May 9th, 2016

We provide both air conditioning and indoor air quality services, and often the two cross paths. After all, most of the indoor air quality devices that we install integrate directly into the ventilation system connected to your air conditioner (as well as your forced-air heater). The UV air purifier is a special case, however. Using one of these purifiers for your home is not only a great way to eliminate germs, viruses, mold spores, and bacteria from floating around your home, it will also help your air conditioner perform at higher efficiency.

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Why Should My Ducts Be Professionally Sealed?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Your ductwork is an essential part of your central HVAC system. Properly installed and maintained ducts are vital to its efficiency. However, sometimes incidents do occur that cause breached ductwork. If your ducts are damaged and leak air, then your unit has to work harder to cool or heat more air throughout your home, wasting your energy and money. So, should you have your ducts professionally sealed?

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Check That Air Filter: What Are You Breathing Every Day?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Whether you’re still using your heating system or you’ve already switched over to the air conditioner (and considering the weather, we’d wager that it’s the latter, not the former), it’s always a good idea to make a regular check on the system air filter. If, like most homes, you have a heating and cooling system housed in a single cabinet connected to a blower fan, then the same air filter does the job of protecting the components inside from any contaminants that might come through the return air ducts.

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Is Duct Testing Really Worth It?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

One of the services that we provide to our customers is testing their ducts to see if they’re suffering from air leaks. If we discover that the ventilation ducts are losing air through gaps, holes, and other leaks, we can then take care of the job of sealing up the ductwork to restore their airtight integrity. Our technicians are skilled with this service and use the best equipment (such as metallic taps and mastic sealant) to see that our customers receive the finest job possible.

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What’s In Your Home’s Air? Some Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Here’s one of the unfortunate facts about modern living: we’re usually breathing in less healthy air inside our homes than we should. In fact, the air inside a home is often much worse than that outside! The reason for this problem is the lack of fresh air allowed to move through a home; the heavy insulation and heat sealing that keep a house energy efficient also doesn’t permit the house to “breathe.” The concentrations of contaminants inside starts to build, resulting not only in a drop in comfort but also a rise in health complications.

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How to Deal with Indoor Air Qualities Problems in Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The winters in Las Vegas are about as mild as you’ll find anywhere in the continental U.S. Most of the time, all you need to do to keep a home properly warm during the cooler weather is to make sure that the doors and windows are closed and sealed and the walls and attic are properly insulated. This prevents heat from escaping outside, and much of the time that is sufficient for comfort.

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